Joe Biden is seen walking in from a sun-filled terrace, aviators on. For a second, it could be a high-budget campaign spot.
Then a seemingly confused Biden asks an aide, “They introduce me?” To the same off-camera staffer: “Am I on?”
Biden’s subsequent speech is plagued by streaming issues.
What was billed as a virtual campaign rally in Tampa turned into a glitch-filled example of how not to do a Web event.
DJ Jack Henriquez played tunes and bopped his head. The problem was, viewers were held captive watching Henriquez do just that for a total of 4 minutes.
An announcer came on and introduced Florida a state senator Janet Cruz who, seemingly unaware, sat silently on camera for 17 seconds before the video cut away.
After a prolonged silence, Cruz was abruptly back on and delivering her message.
She was in good company.
An equally unaware Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) looked about him, sniffed and wiped sweat from his chin before realizing it was time to start speaking.
Toward the 50-minute mark of the event (an eternity in Web-minutes), Biden finally appeared.
At one point, the former vice president said, “I wish we could have done this together and it had gone a little more smoothly.”
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